Domingo, Sutherland, Bacquier and Tourangeau star in this lively and very French recording of "Hoffmann". Richard Bonynge, the conductor, follows what he considered at the time to be the most "Offenbach-ish" version of the opera, one in which a little new music is added, other music is cleaned up, other music left alone and the recitatives cut out all together. The cast is entirely French except for Domingo and Sutherland, so it is a delightful experience to hear Frenchies speak French in true Opera-Comique style.
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With The All-Baroque Box we realize one of our fondest dreams: harnessing the deep catalogue of Archiv Produktion (supplemented on occasion by Decca L oiseau lyre recordings) to create a comprehensive collection of great music from Monteverdi to Bach. The music ranges from huge Baroque (Missa Salisburgensis, Venetian polychoral, Charpentier Te Deum) to intimate Baroque (the Goldberg Variations, Bach cello suites, solo cantatas) overwhelming in its impact and emotional content.
Les Enfoirés: La Crise de Nerfs ! marks the 19th annual album release by Les Enfoirés, an all-star group of French celebrities who come together each year in the name of charity. Among the many celebrities who make guest appearances on Les Enfoirés, most notable are contemporary pop superstars Grégoire, Christophe Maé, Bénabar, Amel Bent, Renan Luce, Patricia Kaas, Mylène Farmer and Christophe Willem. While there's nothing exceptional about Les Enfoirés, it's another well-produced entry in the long-running and increasingly routine Les Enfoirés series that should please fans of previous volumes.